Winning weekend for Old Loughtonians
PUBLISHED: 16:30 13 February 2017 | UPDATED: 17:41 13 February 2017
Men and women celebrate East League successes
Old Loughtonians had double reason to cheer as their men and women both celebrated East League wins at the weekend.
The men welcomed Premier A rivals Ipswich to Luxborough Lane, following the Suffolk club’s recent success against Harleston Magpies, and produced some of their best play of the season against tough opponents.
Loughts moved the ball quickly and efficiently, creating chances on a regular basis, and broke the deadlock when Shane Martin fired a short corner strike into the top corner.
A second followed soon after as Loughts passed and moved well for Luca Grossman to finish things off.
It was a similar story in the second half, although the visitors did pull a goal back, as Lought scored three more times through Ian Swallow, Will Hopkins and Martin to move 5-1 up before Ipswich claimed a late consolation.
The women faced the long trip to East Premier rivals Norwich City, looking to regain some momentum for the remainder of the season, and started well by forcing an early short corner.
And although they were unable to convert the set-piece, Loughts took the lead soon after when a counter-attacking move ended with Alice Melvin lifting the ball over the home keeper.
Norwich hit back to level just before the interval, but Loughts began the second half well as they maintained an intensity in attack and stayed strong in defence.
And the visitors claimed the points five minutes from time with another quick break seeing Jess Bryan sweep home a first-time shot from the top of the D to see them clinch a much-needed 2-1 win.
Bryan took the player of the match award as well for Loughts, but ended the game in the sin bin after being shown a yellow card for a tackle moments after her decisive goal.
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